Sweden's location at the very top of the world and its roughly 2000 km long north-south axis, boasts an exceptionally wide variety of local climates and seasonal variation throughout the year. This provides visitors with a surprising diversity of natural and cultural wonders, including numerous World Heritage sites. Sweden is a genuine year-round holiday destination.
One can start from the top of the enchanted region of Lappland, where the snow-covered mountains and plains not only entice skiiers and mountaineers, but also houses the world famous Ice Hotel. Travelling toward the middle of Sweden, why not stop in Dalarna and visit Santa World, the home of Father Christmas and drop by the village of Nysnäs, the only place in the world where the symbol for Sweden, the Dalecarlian Horse, is manufactured. The archipelago of the royal city of Stockholm is beyond comparison and the Kingdom of Crystal in Småland, which was home to a large number of New World emigrants, is simply not to be missed.
There's so much to see and do that your only problem will be limiting your choices. Like a traditional Swedish smörgåsbord, you will have to make several trips back to make sure you've seen it all!
The first inhabitants
of Malmö were fishermen and farmers. The name Malmö comes from
the name Malmhauger, which roughly translated means "sand heaps".
The actual City of Malmö came into being at the end of the 13th century.
Malmö grew to become a vital commercial centre ruled alternately
by Sweden, Denmark
and the Hanseatic League.
In 1437, Erik
of Pomerania granted the City of Malmö its own coat of arms, and
this is still the official symbol of the city.
The modern development of the city dates from the late 18th century, when merchant Frans Suell took the initiative to construct a proper harbour in Malmö. Since then, the city has been growing steadily. In the course of the late 19th century, it became one of the most important industrial cities in northern Europe. The Kockums Shipyard was its main industry, together with a substantial textile and ready-to-wear market.
is Sweden's third-largest city, with almost 260 000 inhabitants, and the
commercial centre of southern Sweden. Older
industries have been replaced by investments in new technology and training
programmes of high calibre. Malmö University, which opened in 1998,
is Sweden's latest venture in the field of higher education, accommodating
some 15000 students.
an evocative moated fortress, can be found at the northern edge of Kungsparken
and Slottsparken. Malmöhus is Scandinavia's oldest surviving renaissance
castle, and a reminder of Malmö's Danish period.
A multicultural city
From the open and
typically Scandinavian city centre, it is just a five-minute trip by bus
to the square of Möllevångstorget, where a completely different
world awaits you. Every nationality is represented here. Visitors can
buy food and different products from all over the world in the shops and
at the market here.